Monday, August 28, 2017

Week 93: Bible Bashing

Barbara got baptized and Brother Filo baptized her

Monday, August 28, 2017

'Twas a fun week! Haha, someone was trying to tell us that we have a different gospel. He was Bible bashing with us and wanted us to come back to "contend" with the scriptures.. We did catch him up on some things though! 

Anyway, those situations always always strengthen my testimony that this is Christ's one and only church.

We got a change of Presidency here last week (I don't know if I mentioned that before) and President Currier is the new one. It was interesting to find out that his wife was not a member. 

We had a cool Branch Council, though. Looks like President Currier was a school teacher as he gave out "homework".

We drove up to Cambridge and walked all through town in a circle and found 2 potential investigators. They were going to come to church, but didn't, so we will have to go back there and followup.

We had to move Gary and Clarence's baptism date back one week because we have a mission Conference on the 16th and the women of several stakes are meeting for something... Gary and Clarence are doing great though. We have done some family history work and found out some of their family member names. The family history consultant is going to help them more on it.

We finally got to meet with this one media referral who wanted a bible. His name is John. It was interesting because his dad was a former investigator. Anyway, we will be meeting with him in the future unknown because he has a crazy schedule.

Oh yeah, we have Hog Days this weekend and we are going to eat some nice food haha. So that will be fun! Kewanee likes to say that it was the hog capital of the world before.

Haha, we had a fun time teaching this one woman the Restoration and Plan of Salvation mixup lesson. When we mentioned that all the baptisms that were done without God's authority (meaning pretty much all the baptisms from circa 100-1830AD) were not valid for God (but still good for those people if it made them follow Jesus more), she flipped! "Are you kidding me?" Was her response. Haha, but we explained it to her. Elder Schramm said a beautiful prayer for her and her situation she was in and she started crying. We are meeting with her again tomorrow morning. So, that will be fun.

We are having deer roast tonight! Yummy!

Oh yeah, Barbara was baptized on Saturday. I had found her correct address and started teaching her a few months ago. I couldn't go over there as it was 2.5 hours driving and couldn't find anybody to drive us over there. But, I am glad that Brother Filio got to baptize her as it is better to have a good friend in the ward do it rather than a missionary.

Oh, and I have 13 weeks left on my mission!! Crazy!

Elder Kloosterboer

Elder Christensen with Barbara

Cool night picture taken by Elder Schramm's camera

Huge Spider

I killed the spider with wasp killer and it is still big...

Lots of rain!

Something killed a rabbit right next to our front door....

Washing my hair in the crazy rain. It was fun!

Weird bug

Monday, August 21, 2017

Week 92: Solar Eclipse!

On exchanges and at the baptism for Kelsey

Monday, August 21, 2017

It was a great week this week!

We started off by going to the new missionary training meeting. So that was 2 hours there and 2 hours back haha. It was great, though! We learned some things.
Gary and Clarence are progressing very well!  We taught them the 10 commandments and Word of Wisdom this week and they are so accepting of it! Gary is going to try really hard to keep it! They are so great! Haha, we are also teaching Sean and Heidi. They are solid! They want to learn if this is true so much! We taught them the Restoration this week and are going to teach them the Plan of Salvation next Sunday. 

The more and more I teach the gospel, the more I know it truly blesses families and individuals. It's so true!
We woke up a less active/recent convert family for church an hour before it started this week and they came! Aaliyah brought her boyfriend, too! So, that was cool!

We went on exchanges this week with the District Leader, Elder Lewis, and his companion, Elder Sabin. I went with Elder Sabin for the first part of the day. We saw two guys working on a truck and started talking to them. I started talking about the importance of Jesus Christ going to John the Baptist because he had that authority to baptize and one of the guys was interested. Elder Sabin, who came in with Elder Schramm, invited him to be baptized with the same authority that Christ was baptized with and he started asking when he could get baptized! They had a lesson on Saturday, but I haven't asked how it went yet.

The last part of the day I went with Elder Lewis. The next day we helped prepare the baptism for Kelsey. It was good!

Also, this is something I found out about this week - 

Based on scriptural and historical sources it is most probable that these are some of the important events of Christ's life:
Jesus was born on Thursday, April 6, 1 B.C. and died on Friday, April 1, 33 A.D. at around 3 p.m. and was resurrected on Sunday, April 3, 33 A.D. before sunrise. This is in our current Gregorian calendar in Jerusalem time. He lived 12,048 days (5 days less than 33 years in our Gregorian calendar) based on a 365-day Nephite year. 
I also have a cool picture which shows how the Passover typified Christ's Last few days. 

Also, here is a quote in Jesus the Christ that I copied a few months ago:
"There are sects named from the circumstances of their origin--as the Church of England; others after their famous founders or promoters--as Lutheran, Calvinist, Wesleyan; some are known by peculiarities of doctrine or plan of administration--as Methodist, Presbyterian, Baptist, Congregationalist; but down to the third decade of the nineteenth century there was no church on earth affirming name or title as the Church of Jesus Christ. The only organization called a church existing at that time and venturing to assert claim to authority by succession was the Catholic church, which for centuries had been apostate and wholly bereft of divine authority or recognition. If the “mother church” be without a valid priesthood, and devoid of spiritual power, how can her offspring derive from her the right to officiate in the things of God? Who would dare to affirm that man can originate a priesthood which God is bound to honor and acknowledge? Granted that men may and do create among themselves societies, associations, sects, and even “churches” if they choose so to designate their organizations; granted that they may prescribe rules, formulate laws, and devise plans of operation, discipline, and government, and that all such laws, rules, and schemes of administration are binding upon those who assume membership--granted all these rights and powers--whence can such human institutions derive the authority of the Holy Priesthood, without which there can be no Church of Christ?

I know that this is the church of Christ. It was set up by him and restored by him. It is the only church that has his authority to do any ordinances to help us with our purpose here on earth. I know this through the Holy Ghost and I know that if you don't know, you can know too! 

What a privilege to have the Church of Christ set up again and have the opportunity to be members of HIS church!
If you haven't had the opportunity to listen to this message of great news, you need to do so before your time is up on the earth. In the name of Jesus Christ, I write this testimony, amen.


Elder Kloosterboer
A cool picture of the Plan of Salvation. I would draw it slightly different to clarify some things in it, though. I also whited out the requirement for the second degree in the Celestial Kingdom as it hasn't been revealed in the scriptures and is just speculation.

Some cool clouds
Elder Schramm and me
The partial eclipse

Scary big spider

Someone snapped out flower in our backyard; we fixed it with duct tape.
The Passover compared to Christ's final week

We saw a small turtle swimming
We saw another turtle a little bigger than the first

We caught the bigger turtle!

Turtle fighting the line

Monday, August 14, 2017

Week 91: Shucking Corn

That moon was bright!
 Monday, August 14, 2017

It was a great week! We taught Gary and Clarence a few times and they are taking it well! They both came to church this week and it was very good! The people here are nice and talk to them.

We finally got to teach Jon Jon. He is cool and the same age as I am! He wants to be more spiritual and it seems like his family is the opposite, unfortunately. 

It is funny, the town is a small world and people we meet are related to members, less active and active. That is always a nice little surprise. 

Haha, so we met this one guy who gave us accurate information about his mom. His mom is listed as a former investigator and a less active member.. so it is confusing, but we will meet her one day and teach her, hopefully. We have already fixed a few records that had the wrong information on it. It is fun to do because it is sort of a puzzle haha!

I also figured out this week it is important to love the scriptures.... so if you don't, I would encourage you to have the desire first and then love them. The scriptures are God's words. 

Oh yeah, this week I shucked corn for the first time. It was pretty fun and I got pretty good at it!

Something I learned this week is that the Pearl of Great Price is indeed a "Pearl" of great price! :) I know that the scriptures are true and I know the plan of salvation and happiness. I know that Christ is the one who makes it possible. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.


Elder Kloosterboer
*6666 miles!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Week 90: Princeton

Me by the corn field!
 Monday, August 7, 2017

It was a crazy week this week. We ended up going to Princeton thrice. It is 60 miles round trip! Anyway, we are going to be teaching a part Member family there and they want to be sealed together! They were taught before, but the teaching records didn't end up moving to our AreaBook after the branch there closed and merged with us and other wards around. We are teaching them this week. They are feeding us this week too. Very nice!

We were visiting one of the members there who is going through some medical problems right now and we talked to his brother's granddaughter who we are now teaching, too.

We had found two new investigators, Gary and Clarence on our first real day here and Gary came to church this week. He really liked it and there were people there who already knew him. He is adorable haha. He is probably in his upper 70s or lower 80s. His brother was going to come too, but he was sick. 

We stopped by this one person on the way back from visiting a "branch missionary". She had last talked to missionaries earlier this year, but they forgot about her, but we found her and she wants to talk. She is going to call us next week or so after she has finished up some things. She has a cool organ! Here is the picture.

So, my last companion, Elder Kelly, went home two weeks ago and so did a lot of other missionaries. Anyway, one of those returned missionaries got involved in a car wreck and died last Saturday. It was crazy! We got a text about it and then we're asked to look at our email. Tyler Hinckley served here in this ward a year ago and he went to the temple 2 weeks ago to see a sealing of some members who were baptized by him. 

It is sad, but from the knowledge of the Plan of Salvation we have, we can have good cheer. We can know that Elder Hinckley is serving another mission in the spirit world and can rest from worldly cares. 

The Plan of Salvation is genius! I know that Heavenly Father came up with it and that he loves us. I know what the purpose of life is-to prepare to meet God and to have joy. I love Jesus. In the name of Jesus, amen.


Elder Kloosterboer

Elder Schramm by the corn
View of the corn fields from our Branch President's road to his house
Dead Cicada
So many bushes. I don't think anyone lives here...

Fat bird wants food!